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German Court Says YouTube Isn't Liable For Infringement, But Wants A Notice-And-Staydown Process

9 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

YouTube and the music collection society GEMA have been at war for many years. Five years ago, I was at Berlin Music Week and it was one of the major points of discussion. YouTube was blocking all music videos, since GEMA insisted that YouTube should pay rates on par with digital sales (iTunes) rates for each play. Show More Summary

‘Black Swan’ Interns Suffer Setback in Wage Fight

A federal appeals court in Manhattan has determined that a lower court wrongly decided that Fox Searchlight Pictures had violated labor laws by not paying production interns.

Leaked TPP Chapter Shows How It's A Massive Gift To Big Pharma And Against Public Health

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Over the last few years, we've seen leaks here and there of the various chapters of the TPP agreement, but generally ones that are quite out of date. The latest public leak of the "intellectual property" chapter that I'm aware of was done last October by Wikileaks and was the version from the previous May (2014). Show More Summary

Nope, You Can't Patent A Generic Idea Like Crowdfunding

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in 2011, we wrote about Kickstarter going to court to ask for a declaratory judgment that a patent held by ArtistShare (7,885,887) was invalid, and thus, that Kickstarter was not infringing. As we explained at the time, ArtistShare...Show More Summary

Chicago Rages Against The Future With 9% Tax On Netflix, Spotify And Other Streaming Services

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Almost exactly three years ago, Mike wrote up a post that discussed Planet Money pulling together five economists with differing political views to see what they could all agree on. The result was several policy ideas that appeared to transcend politics if economics was the driving motivator instead of any kind of partisanship. Show More Summary

Law School Sued After Firing Tenured Professors

Everything seems to be unraveling for this law school.

As FBI Fearmongers About 'Going Dark' Because Of Encryption, Actual Wiretaps Almost Never Run Into Encryption

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The FBI has been really screaming its head off about the evils of encryption over the last year or so. Director James Comey keeps fearmongering about encryption, though when asked to give examples of cases where encryption had created problems, all of his "examples" turn up empty. Show More Summary

Man Ordered to Pay for Shooting Down Trespassing Drone

Many of you will be outside this weekend, so a little drone advice seems timely. Or maybe it's shotgun advice. Take your pick. Ars Technica reported recently that a drone operator in California had prevailed in a legal dispute with... Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 07.02.15

Ed. note : Above the Law will have a reduced publishing schedule today and we're off on Friday, July 3, in observance of whipping those English wankers a couple centuries ago. After the German robot ran amok and killed a worker in a VW plant, prosecutors are struggling to figure out who to charge in this violation of Asimov's First Law. Show More Summary

5 Things To Know About BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil-Spill Settlement

BP PLC agreed Thursday to pay $18.7 billion to settle federal and state claims over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The penalty includes the biggest pollution fine in U.S. history. Here's what you should know:

5 Booming Practice Areas for Law Firms Looking to Grow

As the legal market begins to pick up, not all practice areas are growing equally. The growth in a few areas is far outpacing the rest. How can you tell which practice areas are booming these days? Look at who's hiring. What's booming according to legal staffing companies? Several......

Is Your Law Firm Blog Mobile-Friendly? If Not, It Should Be

If your firm doesn't have a blog, it's well in the minority. More than 80 percent of AmLaw 200 firms publish blogs. Some of them publish multiple ones. Fox Rothschild, for example, takes the Danielle Steele approach to publishing, putting out blog after blog after blog. The total now?......

Should Lawyers Use Airbnb for Business Travel?

Last year, Airbnb, the tech company that allows users to rent out their spare rooms or empty apartments to travelers, launched its first business travel venture. The tech company claims that using Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel will help business travelers feel more at home when they're abroad,......

SCOTUS Accepts Challenge to Public Employee Union Dues

Right before it left for summer break, the Supreme Court granted cert to a case that will leave many teachers worried about their future. On the last day of its 2015 term, the Court agreed to review a constitutional challenge to state rules requiring some government workers to pay......

7 Simple Steps For A Successful Phone Interview

Phone interviews present unique issues that many candidates fail to recognize, so here are some helpful tips and tricks.

No Innovator Liability: National Drug Code Saves the Day

This is a quick-hit post as we head into the Independence Day holiday weekend. The Southern District of West Virginia’s order this week in McNair v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 2:14-17463, 2015 WL 3935787 (S.D. W. Va. June 26, 2015), dismissed...Show More Summary

Try, Try Again

Just before the Supreme Court closed out its term on Monday, it condemned a man to death. Richard Jordan, who has been on Mississippi’s death row for 38 years, had asked the justices to reconsider an appeals court’s ruling that blocked his access to the courts. Show More Summary

MLB Network DMCAs Video Of Bob Costas Torching MLB Pitcher, Which We'll Now Discuss At Length

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I have to admit, I didn't see this one coming. We recently discussed how Bob Costas reacted to a video of him being more than a bit hard on Cubs MLB pitcher Pedro Strop by going full-tirade on the internet and social media. Within that...Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Striker Spy HD-Camera Drone

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Soar, swoop, and flip through the air with 58% off of the Striker Spy HD-Camera Drone. This drone comes ready for flight with limited set up out of the box and its internal gyro will keep it steady in most flying conditions. The HD camera can snap shots or film your flight for up to 30 minutes. Show More Summary

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